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I wanted this to be different.

In my mind it was to be a video post we recorded on how to whip up a batch of homemade ghee. We did film exactly that and started to edit.. and then didn’t touch it again for weeks. Not that I didn’t think about it all the time, but the way I thought about it included building a host of resentments towards myself and the people I love more than anything (naturally). With that attitude, I’m sure you get that I did not feel super motivated to approach this blog EVER AGAIN. I now realize that I had an expectation and instead of criticizing myself for not meeting the standard I set for how to start something new, I can acknowledge myself for creating such a cool opportunity.

And, you know, it still turns out to be perfect, because this theme has been rampant during my pregnancy. I spent the first three months blaming my discomfort on the newness of the town I lived in, having no awareness of the kind of games progesterone was running on me. My formal practices of seated meditation and yoga asanas that had come so effortlessly to me before were now a burden. Even considering something other than lying in bed became the bane of my existence. My dietary “choices” were nothing to be proud of. ETC. At some point in this journey, things are going to get so drastically different than you’ve ever known them to be. It’s like an intense grounding happening in a space where there is no ground! After the first trimester, when the perpetual haze lifted, I really saw how much of an effect being pregnant was having on me. I immediately felt more compassion for myself  and responded by treating myself more gently and lovingly.

I have begun to relax more and more into the knowing that I am doing the absolute best that I can at any given moment. And, by the way, so is everyone else!  created a tremendous amount of welcome space to my outlook. Space in which I can create more possibilities, rather than complaints. Space in which I can create inspiration. Space in which I can create my health and that of my baby’s as a priority, which does mean practicing asanas and meditation. Letting go of my rigid ideas of what things have to look like forever frees up all this SPACE!

What I’ve been able to come up with after detaching from the video I made and got overwhelmed by (moving on!!) is to share these other expertly done resources for HOW TO MAKE GHEE

An easy-to-read and informative blog post from my absolute favourite cooking site. Oh, and the author just had her first child in the past month! http://www.mynewroots.org/site/2010/12/ghee-whiz-2/

A super authentic approach. This devotee begins from scratch, with raw milk. You can use store-bought butter, if you prefer, and start the instruction from there. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJHqaQgVz0o

OR you can take the route of buying ghee already prepared at the market. Purity Farms is the company I’ve seen in the Northwest and West Coast. Banyan Botanicals also sells some http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/searchprods.asp

Ayurveda recommends adding ghee to the mother’s diet throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is good for healthy tissue building in your body and that of your baby. Ghee also lubricates the digestive tract to help ease dryness in stools and the straining that accompanies constipation, so be sure to take extra right after birth to make your first movement as smooth as possible!!

May you all be safe, happy, healthy, and at ease. May you love yourselves completely and with great kindness for doing your BEST! Always remember that you are the perfect mother to your child. He chose you as a parent for everything you are AND everything you’re not.


Daya Devi